The Week in Westminster

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Radio 4's weekly assessment of developments at Westminster

How important is humour in politics? Mary Ann Sieghart looks at how and why politicians try to get a laugh, and asks if good jokes can contribute to political success.
Eurozone crisis, a tragicomedy or worse, an MP explains his "Loveboard" and a former MP who was once asked by Tony Blair "What exactly is socialism"?
The Eurozone in crisis; internal strife in the Tory Party; the rise of Ed Miliband in the polls; and the future of the Lords.
Mid term blues, politicians & press barons and Rory Bremner on the comic potential in the era of coalition.
Is power draining away from Westminster & how widespread is public hostility to the political class?
With George Parker of the Financial Times: Taking stock of the economy, the nuts and bolts of Scottish independence, and why does the government not have a “big hitter” to get its message across as in the days of Thatcher and Blair.
Unease on the Tory backbenches. Has the Abu Qatada affair really tripped up Theresa May? And are the smaller parties ready to rise? Presented by Peter Oborne of The Daily Telegraph.
In the wake of the Bradford West by-election, Mary Ann Sieghart asks how the main UK political parties should improve their appeal to voters from Britain's Asian communities.
Direct democracy is meant to transform our politics, giving voters more power. But will it work, and why are many politicians resisting? David Grossman investigates.
Steve Richards of The Independent looks behind the scenes at Westminster. A shock result for Labour at the Bradford by-election, the Tories embarrassed by revelations over party funding, the Lib Dems concerned about their identity and why are there not more working class MPs in parliament?
Fraser Nelson of The Spectator on the furore over the granny tax and who really benefits from the budget.
Taxing the rich, David Cameron in the USA and changing attitudes to the war in Afghanistan. Presented by Jackie Ashley.
Talking about the Queen; taking the pulse of Tory backbenchers; and the Lib Dem who kept mum. With George Parker of the Financial Times.
Welfare to work programmes, steering unpopular policies through the houses of parliament and what words must MPs not use. With Andrew Pierce.
Fighting talk on the NHS, on reform of the Lords and on relations with Iran. And are the arts going conservative?
David Cameron has said that 'devo max' should not be an option in the referendum on the renegotiation of Scotland's relationship with the rest of the UK. But what is it?
A Minister in trouble; no let-up in the war against bankers; and austerity in paradise. With George Parker of the Financial Times.
A week in which public trust in bankers and politicians is put to the test.
Anita Anand asks how men and women differ in their approach to politics and asks how parties could woo the men's vote.
Anne McElvoy looks at political diaries and memoirs from recent years and asks how they have shaped our views of government and politics.